there’s nothing better
than standing outside the car
brushing your teeth 
using a water bottle 
standing at an ocean that
yesterday was eleven hours away
salted sun burned skin

there’s nothing better 
than fighting against waves
all day until you’re thirsty and sore
you find a hot dog shop
sit down at a table 
and eat something so perfect
with someone so perfect

none of it would have meant
there’s no story worth telling
without the one I love